Past, present and future bike commuters, a message for you:
Look outside! It’s no longer dismal out! In fact, this past week has been downright glorious biking weather (can the air possibly get any fresher?!), so how about brushing up on some BIKE TIPS (How-to Videos & Bike Resources) and reading on about how National Bike Month got started in the first place?
With weeks left in National Bike to Work Month this May, let us backtrack a bit to provide you the appropriate historical context:
THE HISTORY OF BIKE MONTH
For fifty-five years, National Bike Month has been the perfect time for new or returning riders to get back on the saddle and ride their bike to work. Originally the Cycle Trade Association called the month American Bike Month but in 1956 it evolved to Bike Month. Along with the name change, Bike Month became more about promoting cycling and safe bicycling, not just selling bicycles.
BIKING HISTORY DATES
1880 League of American Wheelman founded
1888 First pneumatic tires
1890 Good Roads Movement
Sure, we all know about the bus, the bike, the carpool…but how often do we think of our own feet as the best (if not most accessible) way to get around?
You’ll get a chance to test out your feet as a fun means of transportation on Friday, April 6th, 2012 when Portland celebrates National Walk to Work Day. Never heard of it? No wonder! It’s the event’s inaugural year in Portland, thanks to the hard work of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition –it promises to be a fun one!
The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition – in partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, BTA, KEEN Footwear, Upstream Public Health, Oregon Public Health Institute, Lloyd TMA, Swan Island TMA, and other partners – is organizing an event with four starting points in various parts of the city. We will start with some treats at each meet-up and then walk downtown, converging at City Hall for coffee and light breakfast before your work- or play day.
Following are the meet-up areas. (Specific locations to come):
- 34th & SE Belmont – meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
- 26th & SE Clinton – meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
- Leftbank Building (240 N. Broadway) – meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
- Lower MacLeay Park – meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
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You may have caught the buzz already but if not, check this out– TriMet has trotted out the latest tool to make your commute easier: an open-source multi-modal trip planner, making itself ahead of the game as the first of its kind developed by any U.S. transit agency. This trip planner allows you to specify your preference for a bike ride and even indicate whether you want the safest route or the flattest route. Combine bike and bus for the fastest and most efficient trip.
Other features include:
- Allows for future inclusion of other transit systems, such as C-TRAN and SMART
- Uses OpenStreetMap, a Wikipedia-like map, so bike routes and walking paths are up-to-date and reflect closure and construction information
- Offers bike routing based on suitability, a highly requested feature not offered by other mapping tools
- Includes car-share locations, so you can plan transit or bike trips to ZipCars.
Try the new tool and use it to plan your next adventure or just a better route to work: Test the new regional trip planner Continue reading
We invite you to join medical experts and active transportation advocates, Dr. Phil Wu and Dr. Tom Syltebo of Kaiser Permanente, for an inspirational and informative discussion on how using travel options, such as walking, biking and taking transit to get to work, positively impacts employees’ health and employers’ bottom line.
Hear striking national health statistics, learn about the financial impact of
active transportation for employers and employees, and gather ideas on how your company can promote a healthy, active workforce.
This free event will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to noon at Daimler Trucks North America Corporate Conference Center at 4555 N. Channel Avenue, Portland. Parking is available in front of the building; follow the signs through the courtyard. Refreshments and snacks provided. Arrive early to find a seat. Please RSVP to Sarah Angell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2011 September Bike Commute Challenge is here, ergo it is thee month to be jolly. But first a bit of background before we count the ways to embrace this event.
The BCC is a free, month-long, city-wide competition to see who can bike to work most, and arguably is one of the most beloved events put on by Continue reading